Back at the beginning of the year, I set myself a few goals for 2015. Goals, because I really struggle at sticking to resolutions. I've seen a few people go back to those original New Years posts and talk about how they did on their goals for the year. Well, I know I haven't done too well with the odd monthly goals I've set myself but the goals for the year as a whole? I'm scared to look but out of curiosity (and the fact I needed a blog post for today), let's see how I did shall we? *holds breath*
30-day challenges - set one every month and complete at least 5
I've done this on and off all year. January saw me tackle and complete the No Buy January challenge which was a resounding success (and one I'm looking at doing again in 2016) and the DWFitness 40-day fitness challenge in February went well too. April, I almost completed the A to Z Challenge. But that's where my enthusiasm for challenges started to dry up a little. I did take on NaNoWriMo in November and have been attempting Corinne's Fitmas challenge this past month, so I definitely attempted 5 challenges this year, but I'd say only 3 could be considered complete!
Blogging every day - do this at least 3 times
I'm never going to be an everyday blogger. I've done the odd weeks or so here and there throughout the year where I've blogged a fair few days in a row, but there wasn't a single month where I hit every day. Will I try this again in 2016? Probably, but I can't see myself ever becoming a daily blogger unless I can give up either half of my day job hours or sleep!
Blog a minimum of 3 times a week
I'd say this has been more of a success this year than in years past. Hurrah! I find creating 3 quality (if you can call it that!) posts a week works well for me. It's something I can usually keep up with regardless of my shifts and socializing. To be honest, generating the content isn't the problem, it's the pictures! I struggle taking them with my iPhone and our home doesn't have the best natural lighting! I do think I've found my schedule though so I'm happy about that!
Re-design the blog layout
I'm halfway there with this one, but I'm still not totally happy with how the blog looks. I want it to look like me, not like all the other blogs out there where everything is so clean and white - yes, I love that look, but everyone is doing it and sometimes I get confused and forget whose blog I'm on! Where's the fun in having the same widgets and sidebar design as everyone else?
Create a new blog logo
Yes! How pretty is my Liverpool skyline? After some really awful drawings from me and hours of WhatsApp chats with my very talented graphic designing friend, she came up with the logo I was picturing in my head. I'm playing around with it some more now, but the general idea will stay the same after all, Liverpool is my Wonderland.
Have business cards made
Check! I actually felt like a real blogger when I was asked for a business card and had more than a scrap of paper to hand over! I love them. The logo looks amazing on the front, the gloss looks sophisticated and it makes the whole blogging experience feel like a little more than a hobby sometimes.
Take part in and complete NaNoWriMo
Saving the worst for last. I went into this year's NaNoWriMo full of gusto and enthusiasm, ready to slave away at the keyboard for 30 days straight on something other than a product review. What I didn't count on was life throwing any and all curve balls at the keyboard to stop me getting close. I failed. Big time. But that's ok. I learnt a lesson from my failure and that's what matters.
Bloody hell, did I really do that well this year? I'm not just writing surprised here, I really am surprised!
How well did you do on your goals this year?
Until next time,